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Glazer, Jeremy; Seglem, Robyn; Garcia, Antero – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2021
This article offers a way to leverage young adult literature in guiding students to consider the meanings of continuity and change within their own development. Borrowing theories of change from the evolutionary sciences, we developed a critical lens focusing on the role of technology in young adult literature. Based on a comprehensive review of…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Criticism, Role, Technology
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Dziri, Nourhene – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
While child abuse and neglect have been explored at length, less attention has been paid to the role of contemporary realist Young Adult Literature (YAL) in denouncing abusive treatments of young people in conjunction with adultism. It is hereby suggested that age inequality is at the core of youth maltreatment, and it is this intersectionality…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Age Discrimination
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Britten, Adrielle – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
War, like other stressful situations and experiences, entails a threat to one's subjective well-being, and war fiction for children represents this threat in different ways: some narratives minimise it, and others do not. War fiction, then, provides material for a case study of war and its impact on representations of subjective well-being (SWB),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Well Being, War
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Latham, Don – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The framework of visual grammar (Kress and van Leeuwen, 2006, via Serafini, 2014) is used to examine the artwork of Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll's "Speak: The Graphic Novel," which tells through words and pictures the story of Melinda Sordino, a girl who is raped just prior to beginning her freshman year in high school. Three…
Descriptors: Grammar, Cartoons, Novels, Trauma
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Duthoy, Leander – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
YA fiction is well known for a prevalence of narratives that explore identity and identity change. Critics have constructed multiple theoretical frameworks that help put into words the workings of adolescent identity in these novels. This article adds to that discussion by analysing Jacob, the main character of Aidan Chambers' "Postcards from…
Descriptors: Fiction, Adolescent Literature, Identification (Psychology), Adolescents
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Shen, Lisa Chu – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article reads contemporary Chinese children's author Yin Jianling's novels "The Paper Puppy" ("Zhiren") and "Orange Fish" ("Juzi Yu") alongside her letter collection "Fifteen Letters to Girls" ("Zhi Weilai de Ni") to explore the overarching themes of femininity, difference and female…
Descriptors: Femininity, Sexual Orientation, Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries
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Durand, E. Sybil; Glenn, Wendy J.; Moore, Daniel; Groenke, Susan L.; Scaramuzzo, Peter – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2021
This article contributes to research on equity in award-winning and honor books by offering a paratextual analysis of 14 immigration-themed young adult books that were included on the USBBY Outstanding International Books list between 2006 and 2019. Findings reveal that paratexts--all parts of a book excluding the narrative--frame authors who are…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Adolescent Literature, Books, Content Analysis
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Keus, Kelly; Harde, Roxanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
Drawing on cognitive criticism, and using Theory of Mind, transportation, and imaginative resistance as a framework, this essay analyzes the ways in which Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Duology, can build understanding of and empathy for people with living with mental illnesses. Maria Nikolajeva's germinal work on cognitive approaches to literature…
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Empathy, Mental Disorders, Novels
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Cushing, Ian; Carter, Anthony – Literacy, 2022
This article reports on an UKLA funded study which is working with young readers to explore the use of fictional texts to interrogate raciolinguistic ideologies in schools. We draw on data generated from workshops where young students read and responded to "Front Desk," a 2018 novel by the Chinese writer Kelly Yang, which centres around…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Fiction, Adolescent Literature, Racial Attitudes
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Kuehl, Rachelle – Reading Teacher, 2022
Recently, the public outcry after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police revealed a disconnect among some Americans between historical events (slavery, the Civil Rights movement) and the present day. That is, many Americans--particularly White Americans--had believed racism to be a mostly historical construct and failed to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Novels, Adolescent Literature, Culturally Relevant Education
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Riestra-Camacho, Rocío – International Journal of English Studies, 2020
Equine fiction is an established genre in the English juvenile literary canon. Current works in the field appeal to adolescent readers thanks to their interface between classic motifs of vintage and contemporary forms of equine narratives. Performing a close reading of selected passages in Miranda Kenneally's "Racing Savannah" (2013),…
Descriptors: Social Class, Adolescent Literature, Animals, Content Analysis
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Manoharan, Arathy – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2020
After a year of teaching deaf students, Arathy Manoharan realized that she needed to be able to apply the principles of bilingual deaf education in order to be able to do justice to her profession. For this reason, at the age of 23, she moved to the United States to pursue another master's degree in deaf education from McDaniel College in…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Cultural Relevance, Deafness, Social Justice
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Kachorsky, Dani; Reid, Stephanie F. – Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2020
Drawing from theories of visual culture, social semiotics, and multimodality, the researchers conducted a qualitative multimodal content analysis of the covers of 21 young adult (YA) books that had been adapted as graphic novels (GNs). This study showed that the GN covers emphasized character and that the ages of the represented characters seemed…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Adolescent Literature, Cartoons, Novels
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Vardanian, Maryna – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The numerous ecological catastrophes of the twentieth century caused by humans have found their way into mass culture. Among them is the Chornobyl nuclear accident that took place in Ukraine in 1986. This disaster became a subject of reflection not only in Ukrainian literature but also in world films and computer games. Along with other works on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Energy, Facilities, Fiction
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Manderstedt, Lena; Palo, Annbritt; Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article highlights cultural appropriation in the literary representation of the Sámi (the indigenous people of the European Arctic) in two Swedish YA series: the "Soppero" quartet by the Sámi author Ann-Helén Laestadius, and the "Idijärvi" trilogy by Charlotte Cederlund, a non-Sámi writer. Despite their different origins,…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries, Authors
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